The Lynmouth Stories by Lucy V. Hay – Blog Tour Review.

About The Book

Devon’s very own crime writer L.V Hay (The Other Twin, Do No Harm) brings forth three new short stories from her dark mind and poison pen:

– For kidnapped Meg and her young son Danny, In Plain Sight, the remote headland above Lynmouth is not a haven, but hell.

– A summer of fun for Catherine in Killing Me Softly becomes a winter of discontent … and death.

– In Hell And High Water, a last minute holiday for Naomi and baby Tommy  becomes a survival situation … But that’s before the village floods.

All taking place out of season when the majority of tourists have gone home, L.V Hay uses her local knowledge to bring forth dark and claustrophic noir she has come to be known for.

Did You Know …?

Known as England’s ‘Little Switzerland’, the Devon village of Lynmouth is famous for its Victorian cliff railway, fish n’ chips and of course, RD Blackmore’s Lorna Doone.

Located on the doorstep of the dramatic Valley of The Rocks and the South West Cliff Path, the twin villages of Lynton and Lynmouth have inspired many writers, including 19th Century romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, who honeymooned there in 1812.

My Review

With thanks to the publisher for the copy received. I don’t read many short story collections but I have read full length novels by this author so had a feeling that I would enjoy them. I wasn’t disappointed and read them all  in a little over half an hour. Perfect for a lunch break or a short bus/train journey.

There are three of them, all similar in that they take place in Lynmouth out of season. I don’t know the area at all, I had to google the Lynmouth flood but I imagine that it was like any tourist area. Very pretty and welcoming in high season. Less so when the weather is atrocious and many businesses are closed.

Whilst it is difficult to go into any detail about the stories I enjoyed all of them. All featured a threat from both the usual human type but also nature. I think any reader who has experienced conditions such as described would fully appreciate how it must feel to be at the mercy of the weather. It was intimidating enough not to have done. With the third story in particular I was happy to be reading on a lovely Spring morning feeling safe, warm and dry.

The third story, Hell And High Water, was my favourite out of all of them. Slightly longer and more intimidating,  I could have easily read a full length version of it. The differing emotions experienced, the resignation followed by fear, gratitude and finally relief were perfect. 

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